Chapter 2


Thackeray’s sketch of he and Isabella. Private collection. Image may not be reproduced without permission.

Thackeray. Caricature of William and Isabella Thackeray. Pencil, undated.

Following the publication of Flore et Zéphyr, Thackeray wrote to Isabella, “My father says I could not do better than to marry, my mother says the same. I need not say that I agree with the opinion of my parents - so, dearest…we will in a few months, go & hear Bishop Luscombe read, and be married, and have children, & be happy ever after.” They were married on August 20 at the British Embassy in Paris. In this portrait Thackeray affectionately caricatures the couple’s difference in height.

Private collection.